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VeriSign Offers Recommendations on How to Protect From Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

March 1, 2009 by · Comments Off on VeriSign Offers Recommendations on How to Protect From Man-in-the-Middle Attacks 

Webmaster NewsMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – In light of a new man-in-the-middle (MITM) type of attack unveiled this week at Black Hat D.C., VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, is providing simple tips end users and businesses can use to effectively thwart the online threat.

The highlighted attack is the latest twist on the venerable MITM attack, which relies on a user being fooled into going to the wrong Web site. Common techniques for fooling visitors include phishing e-mails, false wireless hotspots, and most recently poisoning of insecure DNS servers. The scheme uses a fraudulent server to intercept communications between a user’s browser and a legitimate Web site, and then acts as a proxy, collecting sensitive information over HTTP (not HTTPS) between the browser and the fraudulent server. Read more

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